Spring Reading

Painting by Richard Emil Miller: Reading in the Garden

One of my favorite activities in Spring is to curl up with a book in my garden. After spending so much time inside during winter, it feels so wonderful to have a little sun on your face while you enjoy a good read. Everything is in bloom and I am always compelled to choose books that act not only on my imagination but that fill my senses with beautiful language and inspiring ideas. Here are some of my favorites:

Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay is one of the finest American Poets. Her poem “Renascence” is one of the most beautiful meditations on the rebirth of nature and self that I have ever come across. This is a real treat on a Spring afternoon.

The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout

A magical tale of generations of women living in the beautiful Spice Islands of Indonesia.

Middlemarch by George Eliot (Marianne Evans)

If you haven’t gotten around to reading this one yet, you should put it at the top of your list. A portrait of provincial life that manages to turn the everyday joys and disappointments of small time life into one of the most beautiful and intelligent novels ever written. Keep your journal close, because this novel is full of quotes that will stay with you long after you finish.

What is at the top of your Spring reading list?